Montreal welcomed eight million tourists in 2022

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Montréal welcomed eight million tourists in 2022

Hotels in the metropolis posted an occupancy rate of nearly 80% and higher overall revenues this summer to those of 2019.

Tourisme Montréal expects to welcome 9.5 million visitors in 2023.

The turn signals are green for Tourisme Montréal. The organization's latest statistics confirm that the metropolis welcomed 8 million visitors this summer, or 80% of its pre-pandemic level for 2019.

The slump into which the planetary crisis has plunged the tourism industry is officially a thing of the past, rejoiced Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, in a press release released Monday morning.

< p class="e-p">It's been a memorable summer. One hundred percent of the festivals have come back to life, and the vast majority of attractions have experienced heavy traffic, he added.

The hotel sector is the perfect illustration of this economic upturn.

Hotels in the metropolis this summer posted an occupancy rate of nearly 80% of those of 2019 and overall revenues higher than those of that year. The average price of a hotel room has increased by 18% compared to 2019.

Business conventions have also recovered: the major events had an in-person attendance rate of 60%.

Many major congresses are confirmed for the coming year: this is the case of the World Congress of Neurology, which foresees the participation of 8000 delegates, and the Conférence de l'Association francophone pour le savoir , which expects 6,000.

Hosting revenues will also be on the rise: they are expected to climb 12% in 2023.

Tourisme Montréal was also pleased with the lifting in early October of the last health restrictions by the federal government (screening, quarantine and isolation).

The organization, which forecasts 9.5 million visitors in 2023, sees its economic future in pink.

“L& #x27;year to come has some great surprises in store for us. We will get there by following the same recipe: a lot of work upstream to confirm many congresses, events and festivals. »

— Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal

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